Five takeaways from the GAA weekend

Conor McManus celebrates Monaghan’s victory over Galway

After the Super 8s concluded and Galway reached the All-Ireland SHC final, we take stock of what we learned this weekend.

Monaghan improving every game

The Farney are in dreamland as they secured a spot in the All-Ireland semi-final for the first time since 1988. The challenge is to now push on reach their first decider since 1930.

In their way stand Tyrone – a team they’ve already beaten this season.

Monaghan have improved game-on-game in recent weeks, and winning in Salthill against Galway by double-scores is no mean feat.

Can Malachy O’Rourke’s side go to the well once again in Croker next Sunday? After two wins in HQ already this season, you wouldn’t be against them. The loss to Fermanagh is a distant memory at this stage.

There were joyous scenes at full-time in Salthill

Galway heading for Dubs

It was all plain sailing for Galway this year. After an unbeaten League campaign, they fell to Dublin in the final but could hold their heads high knowing that they were moving in the right direction under Kevin Walsh.

That all came to a thunderous halt on Saturday evening, as they were comprehensively beaten by Monaghan in Pearse Stadium.

Unless it was part of a master plan to meet the Dubs in the semi-final, given that they had already qualified from the Super 8s, there are serious warning signs for the Connacht champions ahead of next Saturday.

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